The Beach Boys have announced plans to reform for their 50th anniversary. Founding members Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, plus David Marks and Bruce Johnston, plan a new studio album and a 50-date international tour beginning in April.
No touring dates have yet been confirmed, but the band will appear as headliners at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (April 27 to May 6, 2012).
New commemorative releases are also planned for 2012, including a new Beach Boys hits collection and a career-spanning box set.
Frontman Brian Wilson said of the reunion: "This anniversary is special to me because I miss the boys and it will be a thrill for me to make a new record and be on stage with them again."
Mike Love added: "We got together at Capitol Records and re-recorded 'Do It Again'. Brian and I wrote that song which went to #1 in Great Britain, Australia and elsewhere some 44 years ago. Brian paid me a compliment saying, 'How can a guy sound that great so many years later?' Later on, while working out some harmonies on a new song Brian had written, I got a chance to return the compliment.
"Music has been the unifying and harmonizing fact of life in our family since childhood. It has been a huge blessing that we have been able to share with the world. Wouldn't it be nice to do it again? Absolutely!"
The Beach Boys formed in 1961 and frontman/main-writer Brian Wilson last performed with the band during the making of their 1996 album "Stars And Stripes Vol. 1". Wilson has toured as a solo artist since. Two former members, Brian's brothers Dennis and Carl Wilson, died in 1983 and 1998. By April next year, Mike Love will be 71. Brian Wilson is 69.
Thanks for the report to Michael Leonard, Gibson.com